PHI: 41-19 (88 pts.), 1st in Atlantic (1st in East)
TOR: 29-28 (68 pts), 4th in Northeast (10th in East)
Where: Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)
Monday: Brian Boucher (15-8, 2.45 GAA) vs. James Reimer (12-5, 2.52 GAA)
Thursday, 7:00, CSN
Radio: 610 WIP
Hot (last 5) – Jeff Carter: 3 Goals/2 Assists
Not (last 5) – Chris Pronger: 1 Assist/-4
Player to Watch – Brian Boucher: Can Boucher put the horrific mess at Madison Square Garden behind him? It was the worst game of hockey that I’ve seen in quite some time. The Flyers were just outmuscled from the jump. I think Boucher will bounce back. He has proved it time and time against this season. Whenever he has a bad start, he seems to always respond with a very strong game in net. It’s still a question of which netminder will be the playoff starter. Signs may point towards Sergei Bobrovsky at the moment but a strong rebound start by Boucher tonight would strengthen his chances to get the nod. Boucher has started all three games against the Maple Leafs and had tremendous success in the first two meetings.
Series Overview: The Flyers currently lead the season series two games to one. The Maple Leafs won last Thursday in Philadelphia despite two goals from former Maple Leaf Kris Versteeg. The Flyers blew a 2-1 lead and just couldn’t solve Reimer down the stretch.
In the first meeting back on October 23rd, the Flyers played with an offensive fury and scored five goals on Jean-Sebastien Giguere on their way to a 5-1 win. They got goals from Mike Richards, Ville Leino, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell, and Blair Betts. Tgey peppered Giguere with 40 shots and seemed to play a flawless game. Boucher had 12 saves on 14 shots for the Flyers in the win.
In the second meeting on December 9th, the team got out to a hot start with first period goals from Leino and Pronger. Briere also had two goals in a 4-1 Flyers win. Boucher started once again against the Maple Leafs and had 27 saves. Mikhail Grabovski had the lone Tornonto goal in the loss.